Living in the Two Hearts

My Spiritual Insights and Musings

And Moses Said to the People,…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on July 17, 2010

Deut 30:6, 10-14

6 And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.

That you may live…what does it mean to live?  If we are breathing we are living.  If we are thinking, we are living.  Spiritually speaking, what does it mean “to live”?  The Answer…

10 if you obey the voice of the LORD your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of the law, if you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

You will LIVE to the fullest sense of the word.  You mind and heart will focus on the Lord of Life, that is, HE who GAVE YOU LIFE.  Is this “living” restricted to only those whose daily lives are lived in holiness and prayer – i.e. those who have religious callings?

11 “For this commandment which I command you this day is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up for us to heaven, and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us, and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 14 But the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.

You see, it’s for all of us! Those with religious callings are certainly given more chance to exercise this gift, but as verse 14 reminds ALL of us: “But the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it”.   When the one Moses spoke about, that is Jesus, He also said,

Mt 22: 37b-39

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself…”

Loving God whole heartily and with all mind, body, and soul means that our actions will reflect this “LIVING”, for it is often said that actions speak louder than words.  Jesus reminds us of this obligation in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 25, when we are told:

I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed Me, 36 I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me, I was in prison and you came to Me.’

Even Blssd Mother Teresa recognized this as the formula for true happiness in this world.  Thus what Moses said in Deuteronomy IS TRUE.  This is NOT beyond us.  We need not go up to the heavens to retrieve it.  Those whose lives are ordinary can live extraordinary if the above prescription is followed.

Eternal Life.  The end goal of life on this earth.  All will face judgment at that hour of death (cf. Heb 9:27), but for those who LIVED, perhaps that moment of judgment would look something like the following:

37 Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see Thee hungry and feed Thee, or thirsty and give Thee drink? 38 And when did we see Thee a stranger and welcome Thee, or naked and clothe Thee? 39 And when did we see Thee sick or in prison and visit Thee?’

40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

23 ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your Master.’

Life is NEVER easy.  Many times, the doing good for another is also NOT SO EASY.  But, if we have set our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls on HIM, and we continuously turn to Him when we find ourselves becoming distracted. Remember, our ACTIONS Will reflect OUR HEARTS.

Rom 5: 2-5

2 Through Him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces Hope, 5 and Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s [LOVE] has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.

Therefore, REJOICE, brothers and sisters!  God’s Love is FOREVER sustaining and will NEVER abandon us!  When the desire to Love Him without distractions becomes difficult, REJOICE!  He has given you the opportunity to cling even closer to His Sacred Heart.

I want My beloved apostles to be sustained and I offer them sustenance. Dear friends, all is well. You are working hard as I worked hard but you will be given all that you need. ~Monthly Message, July, 2010, Lay Apostleship.

Recommended Further Reading:

Broken

2 Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.

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